Adam Duvall and Ivan De Jesus Jr. got the news Wednesday that they would make the Cincinnati Reds come Opening Day, but six other players weren’t as fortunate.
With Duvall and De Jesus Jr. sticking with the club, center fielder Tyler Holt was one of the six sent down or cut by the Reds. Holt was acquired by the Reds at the end of last season and played in the final five games of the regular season. He could not put the power numbers that Duvall had (four homers this spring) or the average that De Jesus (.280) put together this spring. De Jesus was an integral part of the Reds bench last season appearing in 76 games. Duvall came over in the Mike Leake trade and displayed his power right away as five of his 14 hits left the ballpark last season.
Holt was assigned to Triple-A Louisville while four pitchers will be headed to the Reds minor league camp. Drew Hayes, J.C. Ramirez, Pedro Villarreal, and Ryan Mattheus didn’t make the cut although it wasn’t for a lack of effort. Hayes, who was trying to make his MLB debut, posted an 0.80 ERA in eight appearances, but will now likely head to Louisville. Villarreal, who was not re-signed by the Reds after the season, was given a chance to make the roster as a non-roster invitee. He did his best posting a 2.25 ERA in his eight appearances.
Villarreal has not had a great MLB experience, as he’s acquired a 1-6 record with a 4.29 ERA, but last season picked up his first career win and had a career low 3.42 ERA. Mattheus had significant playing time with the Reds appearing in 57 games, but like Villarreal, he came in as a non-roster invitee. Unlike Villarreal, he didn’t do himself any favors in the spring racking up an 8.77 ERA in his seven outings. Ramirez has pitched in 38 games for the Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Mariners in his two years, but had a rough spring with a 5.63 ERA in his eight outings.
Chris O’Grady will no longer be in the Reds organization after he was acquired in the Rule 5 draft in December. Since the Reds did not keep him on their roster, they had to return his rights to the Angels, who had three days to decide what his future would be. Los Angeles decided to place the lefty reliever in its Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City. He went 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA in his eight appearances this spring.
The Reds now have 35 players left on their spring roster, with some of those likely set to begin the season on the disabled list. Vying for the final bench spots are Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler, who came over in the Todd Frazier trade, Rule 5 draft pick Jake Cave, non-roster invitee Jordan Pacheco, and Yorman Rodriguez, who appeared in 11 games with the Reds in 2014.
The roster must be set by Monday, April 4, before the Reds host Opening Day festivities against the Philadelphia Phillies.